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“Wonderful Unexpected Find”

Marco Ristorante Italiano
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Ranked #35 of 359 Restaurants in Macon
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $25 - $100
Cuisines: Italian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Business meetings, Special occasions
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Reservations
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: Tucker Road
Transit: There is a bus stop directly accross the street From Marco.
Reviewed July 17, 2010

On the way from the Smokey Mountains to Southwest Florida, after driving through the terrible Atlanta traffic (and due to an accident, sitting in traffic just north of Atlanta for 1.5 hours), my wife and I decided to stop for dinner south of Atlanta as it was nearing 7:30 p.m.

Being ready for dinner while on I-475 on the outskirts of Macon, not knowing where to stop, we found this restaurant online (we had our laptop with us and an air card) on AAA’s website. It was rated three diamonds. We then looked it up on Tripadvisor, our bible for restaurants and hotels, and despite the most recent negative review, decided to try it because of the many very positive reviews. The restaurant was easy to find and the parking lot nearly full, which is always a good sign.

The restaurant was nicer than we anticipated, we were dressed very casually wearing shorts and short sleeve pullovers (mine without a collar), but we went in anyway hoping we weren’t too casual. We apologized to the hostess for our attire and explained the reason why, and she was very pleasant and welcomed us notwithstanding, saying it was no problem.

The restaurant was very nice, full of diners and we were seated immediately at good sized table for two with plenty of room between tables. Our server timely acknowledged us and we explained that we were traveling and would like to order as soon as possible (we had already looked at the menu) so that we could be quickly back on our way. He said no problem, advised us of the specials and, although they sounded good, we had already settled on the spinach and cheese ravioli with mascarpone cheese sauce, linguini with shrimp, scallops and asparagus with a vodka tomato sauce, and the house mixed salad to share.

Bread and dipping oil were brought quickly and the salad followed. Shortly after finishing the salad, our entrees arrived. We greatly enjoyed the bread, so we were off to a good start. We also enjoyed the salad which had a light olive oil and red wine vinegar dressing. My ravioli was excellent and my wife said her linguini (I am not a shrimp person, so I didn’t try it) was excellent as well.

We had a wonderful meal which was unexpected due to our traveling, being behind schedule 1.5 hours and wanting to quickly find a restaurant but having no clue where to go. To top it off, the couple next to us heard us mention to our server that we were traveling and they asked to where. It turned out that they had much in common with us and to our delight we had a nice conversation with them throughout the meal (this was our choice as we didn’t have to encourage the conversation).

As we travel through this area frequently (although not often during the dinner hour), we will remember Marcos and, given the opportunity, dine with them again.

3  Thank JFortMyers
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Reviewed April 17, 2010

With great anticipation our party of six arrived at 6:30 to celebrate our friend's 91st birthday. We were seated promptly, and from that point on our experience deteriorated. The carrot soup was tasteless. The server beat the three sea bass with his mallet so much that only small bits and pieces of fish, including a few bones, were strewn about on the plates. The green beans were nothing special. The Salmon was fairy good. The one sprout of broccoli added color and the small potatoe was devoured in two bites.The desserts were alright, but the half hour wait for six cups of coffee was the final straw. We left at 9:00 PM excited at the prospects of the opening of Natalias in the near future. We will not be back at Marco's. Over rated, over priced, mediocre food. No way to celebrate the milestone of a 91st birthday!

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3  Thank Friedtomato
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Reviewed March 14, 2010

Creative Italian cuisine is very well executed, service is friendly and attentive although not quite at the level one might expect at a high-end establishment. (Flatware removed after first course was not replaced when second course was served; waiter's presentation of menu items was a bit halting and awkward, but this did not distract from the quality of the food.) Delay between courses was acceptable, and food was piping hot when served. Not inexpensive, but excellent value for the quality. Highly recommended.

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1  Thank Thubner2016
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Reviewed February 15, 2010

We actually drive to Florida instead of flying just so we can stop at this restaurant! They do everything right. You get the complete Italian experience - from the amazing food, wine, service, decor, to even the background music. The owner is a nice Italian gentleman who obviously wants you to have an exceptional dining experience. Bravo Marco's!! Can't wait to dine with you again!

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2  Thank KeyWestFAN
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Reviewed June 16, 2009

Delightful attentive waiter, charming chef, competent maitre d' and some of the best food this side of Rome or Florence. The fennel salad with dried figs should not be missed. The risotto is something to taste again and again. But, the lemon creme brulee is incomparable - yum.

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2  Thank LouiseThelma
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